Outreach Notice Forest Pathologist Rocky Mountain Region (R2)

US Forest Service (USDA)
Gunnison Service Center, Gunnison, Colorado
Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 25, 2018 - 23
Contact Name For Further Info: 
Jim Worrall
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Position DescriptionThis outreach notice is for the Forest Pathology position at Gunnison Service Center, part of Forest Health Protection within Region 2’s State and Private Forestry and Tribal Relations Director Area.  The focus of this position is to coordinate and implement all aspects of a complex major forest disease detection, identification, evaluation, prevention, and management program for dwarf mistletoes, root diseases, decline diseases, and others. The position provides forest health support to federal agencies, tribes and state agencies, within the Gunnison Service Center area (southern and western Colorado).  The duty station is Gunnison, CO.  For basic qualifications, the OPM qualifications handbook will be used.
Duties of the PositionDuties may involve but are not limited to:

  • Plan and coordinate all aspects of a major plant pathology detection, evaluation, prevention and suppression program with plant pathogens found in southern and western Colorado.


  • Provide site-specific, technical assistance and information concerning forest health issues to National Forests in southern and western Colorado and other Federal, State and Tribal lands.  Document assistance in written reports and develop management guidelines consistent with land management objectives.


  • Site visits and field work may require long periods of driving, frequent overnight travel, and hiking over uneven terrain in mountainous forest settings.


  • Conceive and conduct special evaluations, often collaborating with Research, to gain additional specific knowledge concerning disease biology, ecological relationships, parasitic effects, survey methodology, or new control techniques.


  • Prepare plans, organize assigned staff members, collect field data, supervise field crews, process and analyze data, consult with other professionals, evaluate results, and make recommendations to meet technical objectives. Prepare technical reports and manuscripts.


  • With others or independently, organize, plan, and conduct high-quality training programs that incorporate forest pathology and/or hazard tree evaluation and management.  Prepare and conduct presentations on complex, scientific forest pathology subject matter, or new forest disease research developments in a concise, understandable manner.


  • Provide technical expertise on Forest Health Protection matters in federal, state, tribal and local agency settings, including public meetings.  Serve as subject matter expert, interacting with FS and related agencies’ External Affairs groups and news media outlets.  


  • Work closely with local units in the development and review of land management plans (e.g. Forest Plan revisions) to ensure that forest diseases are fully considered and incorporated.  Assist in the development and review of environmental documents to ensure forest health subject matter is accurate.  Assist in the development and review of documents prepared in response to appeals of National Forest decisions that relate to Forest Health Protection. 

Community Information:  Gunnison is located near the middle of Colorado, in the southwestern quarter. Gunnison is located on “the western slope”, approximately 30 miles west of the Continental Divide, at the confluence of the Gunnison River and Tomichi Creek. Gunnison is 200 miles southwest of Denver and 180 miles west of  Colorado Springs.  The area is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.   Backcountry hiking, mountain biking, backcountry and downhill skiing, fishing, boating, motorized OHV’s, and guided and self-guided rafting on local rivers are among the many recreational opportunities. Two major ski resorts are in the vicinity:  Crested Butte, about 28 miles north, and Monarch, about 48 miles east.
Gunnison sits at an elevation of 7,703 feet.  78% of Gunnison County is public land. In the immediate area (“Gunnison Country”), the USFS manages 1,220,035 acres, the BLM manages 355,350 acres, and the National Park Service manages 40,000 acres, encompassing approximately 2,500 square miles. Gunnison’s population is about 5,900  in the city and approximately 15,500 county-wide.  Gunnison is home to Western State Colorado University with an approximate enrollment of 2200 students. 
For more information please contact the Gunnison Country Chamber of Commerce at 970-641-1501 or 800-274-7580; visit their office at 500 East Tomichi Ave., Gunnison, Colorado 81230; or find information on the web at www.colorado.com/cities-and-towns/Gunnison
For more information on this position:  Contact Gunnison Service Center Leader Jim Worrall, jworrall@fs.fed.us  970-642-4453.

The position may be advertised as GS-0434-9, 11, 12
Submit the completed form by May 25th, 2018
Contact InformationOnce you complete the enclosed form, please submit it to Jim Worrall; jworrall@fs.fed.us.  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Jim at 970-642-4453.



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NOTE:  The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to determine the potential applicant pool for this position and to establish the appropriate recruitment method (service-wide, region-wide, government-wide, or DEMO, i.e. non-government).  Responses received from this outreach notice will be relied upon to make this determination.